Founder of Code Like a Girl, Ally Watson works for Melbourne digital agency Deepend. Ally has a degree in computer science from Glasgow University in Scotland.
Growing up in Airdrie, Scotland, my big dream was to get into Art School, however after years of rejections I decided to give something else a go and enrolled in Computer Science.
After six months, I was hooked. Studying Interactive Systems, my creative side became a real strength. I realised humans play a huge part in programming. There’s so much psychology involved, from picking a particular button to choosing layouts, the design element is crucial to the user experience. I became inspired by this marriage of creativity and science as well as the intellectual excitement of computer science.
By day I work on creative online projects, coding websites at the agency. My evenings and weekends are devoted to ‘Code Like a Girl’, which provides girls with the support, tools and knowledge to enter and flourish in the world of coding.
First and foremost, mathematics is about problem solving, this makes it a great foundation for budding programmers. Working as a web developer touches on basic maths such as using equations and formulas, but more complex areas of programming like Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning requires a much deeper mathematical understanding. That’s why maths is great for everyone, no matter what your skill level.
Ally Watson is an ambassador for the CHOOSEMATHS Careers Awareness Campaign